Coming out of a great tourney at Indian Wells these past couple of weeks, the notion of "Tennis Friends" kept running through my brain.
Walking around the grounds, I couldn't help but observe all the tennis friends in attendance. From what appeared to be doubles groups, to club friends and the little kiddie groups, they all have one thing in common- they are tennis friends. And, that's pretty cool.
As I feel we are at a time in the world where it's just super hard to meet and connect with people organically or genuinely, tennis has been my main avenue to meet people. Since moving to LA three years ago, most, if not all of my friendships have been made through tennis.
There is just something about the act of hitting a ball with or against another person. How everything's exposed. We reveal a lot about ourselves by the way we play...maybe we reveal everything. Our strengths, our weaknesses, our moods and demeanor. There's a shortcut to friendship that's created when you play tennis with someone. All the small talk and getting to know someone is skipped. For me, my best tennis friends are the ones that I can spar with. It's not about hitting winners, or even playing matches, but more about keeping a point alive as long as we can. Kinda like a great band jamming, and seeing where the riffs can go.
I have been fortunate to have made great tennis friends at pretty much every stage in my life. Now that I am in my mid-40's, I find myself playing with people 20 to 30 years older and younger than me. Ace the Moon has provided me with a unique avenue to make so many new tennis friends, and that is one of the things that keeps me going. Tennis friends also come in all shapes, sizes and genders...and looks can often be deceiving. I am looking forward to playing lots more tennis with all my tennis friends.
One of our main thoughts and goals for Ace the Moon was to create a platform where people can meet and play tennis...To build a community around our shared love of tennis. We created the community page in an effort to connect people of the same skill level and location. Check it out and sign up: acethemoon.com/pages/community
Additionally, our Tennis Friends hats have struck a chord with a lot of you guys. Just so you know, they will always be 20% off with code TF20. We also have these hats available on Amazon. Here is the link: www.amazon.com/db/bobm2dr7dn